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Expert group discuss joint technical survey modalities

IMG_3837In session : The 12th Meet the Press

Border Talks: The delegation from the People’s Republic of China and Bhutan, meeting in Thimphu since October 9, are discussing the modality of conducting the joint technical field survey of disputed areas in the western region, according to Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay. There are four disputed areas in the western regions of Paro and Haa – Doklam, Dramana, Sinchulungpa and Shakhatoe, comprising a total of 269 square kilometres. Termed as the technical expert group meeting on the Bhutan-China boundary, the group is also expected to [... Read More]

ScanCafe plans to upscale operations

scancafeProductivity: ScanCafe has found that its Bhutanese employees can perform at a very high global standard (Photo: Thimphu Techpark)

Employee productivity in Bhutan has proved at least 15 percent higher than in Bangalore IT Park: After finding that employee productivity in Bhutan is at least 15 percent higher than its branch in Bangalore, ScanCafe, an international tenant at the IT park, plans to further upscale operations here. ScanCafe is an American company that digitalises and organises videos and photos.  It began commercial operations at the IT Park in May, last year. It had been piloting at the park prior. It has leased 10,000sqft of [... Read More]

India still committed to 10,000MW by 2020

unnamedSuited and booted: Ambassador Bambawale is shown the progress of the project

The Indian ambassador made this assurance during a tour of the Mangdechu project Visit: India is still committed to Bhutan’s target of achieving 10,000 megawatt (MW) of electricity by 2020, Indian ambassador to Bhutan Gautam Bambawale said, during a visit to Mangdechu hydropower project authority (MHP) on October 9. The ambassador assured this, despite the government of India’s indicating lack of fund for the Kuri-Gongri and Sunkosh projects and Amochu project for security reasons. “I can assure the Bhutanese people that the government of India [... Read More]

Bhutan embarks on eye bank venture

DSC_0140HRH Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuck and Dr Sanduk Ruit inaugurate the national eye bank at JDWNRH yesterday in Thimphu

On World Sight Day, HRH Ashi Kesang Wangmo Wangchuck did the honours at its opening  Health: She had to be carried on the back for 10 days to reach Thimphu.  That was how the 48-year-old farmer from a remote village in Lunana was brought to the referral hospital for a cornea transplant. After being visually impaired for years, reaching Thimphu was not enough for Ugyen Pem.  She had to wait for more than three months for the cornea to arrive from Tilganga institute of ophthalmology, [... Read More]

His Majesty returns today from India visit

20141007-2C4A3006Their Majesties offer prayers at Rajgir Gridhkuta (Ja-Goed-Phungpoi-Ri) where Lord Buddha set in motion his second wheel of law

Visit: His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen are scheduled to arrive in the country today after a Royal visit to India. While in India, Their Majesties graced the Founder’s Day celebrations of Her Majesty’s old school, The Lawrence School, in Sanawar, Himachal Pradesh. Their Majesties also visited some of the most sacred Buddhist sites in Bodhgaya (Dorji Dhen) and Varanasi, on the invitation of the government of India. In Bodhgaya, Their Majesties visited the Mahabodhi Temple, built on the site where Lord [... Read More]

Population growth shapes nation’s development pattern

DSC_0142Seminar participants discuss spatial pattern of socioeconomic wellbeing and regional disparity in Bhutan

Failure to take advantage of potential demographic dividend could dampen future prospects Seminar: What would Bhutan look like 25 years from now?  Very different, of course.  Taking current development indicators like rising youth unemployment, changing climate, depleting natural resources, increasing urban population… it is not very difficult to make an educated guess. By 2039, Bhutan’s population will have more than doubled.  It stands at 753,947 today.  As the country’s population increases, the challenges facing the country currently will also compound.  This requires the country to [... Read More]

Watershed moment for Punatsangchu II

DSC_0136Final moment: Dasho Sonam Tshering on the button that would blast the final chunk of rock

The first major event for the water conduct system between power intakes has been completed Hydropower: The Punatsangchu hydropower project authority II yesterday completed the first major event for water conduct system between power intakes that is connected to the de-silting chambers and head race tunnel (HRT). In a simple ceremony, the secretary for economic affairs ministry, Dasho Sonam Tshering pressed a button that blasted the final chunk of rock and connecting the de-silting chamber and the HRT. The water conductor system is 18km long, [... Read More]

Nationwide consultation on education underway

DSC_0091Sherig consultation: Lyonchhoen Tshering Tobgay and education minister Mingbo Dukpa launch the nationwide consultation to evaluate the country’s education system

As part of an ongoing review process in preparation for an Education Blueprint 2014-24 Feedback: In what could perhaps be the biggest to date, the education ministry yesterday launched a nationwide consultation that’s expected to galvanise the people in evaluating the country’s education system. The comprehensive month long consultation which will be done through field surveys, focus group and panel discussions, online forums, social media, interviews and zomdus is expected to reach more than 20,000 people across the country. After almost an hour long meeting [... Read More]

Living under the shadow of fear

IMG_0616All quiet: Norbugang village near the Gelephu-Sarpang highway

Neither Norbugang nor its now free abductees can breathe easy for the foreseeable future Kidnap: Norbugang village in Sarpang is quiet.  It is not yet dark.  The eerie silence here is heavy and ominous.  The Sarpang-Gelephu highway, just a few metres above the village, with no vehicles, is grey and deserted. Here, the villagers wind up their chores early, have a quick dinner, and go to bed, because it is not safe to stay up late.  Kidnappers could be lurking about. Chauri Maya Tamang, a [... Read More]

Doongmanma PS – A school on WFP life support

DSC_5955Food for thought: Feeding program has improved students’ attendance in school

The only way to keep students in attendance is to feed them two square meals daily Education: Students of Doongmanma primary school don’t go to school for education alone. Since 2008, the school started providing two meals a day through the World Food Program (WFP), which, according to school authorities, was a blessing. The meals, besides improving their health, also brought tremendous change in the students’ attendance.  The school is located in Doongmanma chiwog under Lauri gewog in Jomotshangkha dungkhag. Principal Sangay Dorji said, in [... Read More]

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